1. YOU CAN USE MORE THAN ONE SERUM
Although your skin type veers towards the oily spectrum, you would still like your skincare products to have brightening, anti-ageing and hydrating functions (because, why only choose one?). However, most beauty brands categorise different purposes into different skincare ranges, making consumers feel compelled to choose one specific type.Well, the good news is—you can have it all by layering your serums. I’m currently using three different types of serums in my daily morning routine. Before my toner and after cleansing, I pat in Cle de Peau Beaute Le Serum. Next, I apply a treatment essence, before applying Vichy’s Liftactiv Vitamin C Freshshot and sealing it all in with a layer of SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel.Does it matter which serum goes first? Yes. The rule of thumb is to start with the one with the lightest texture and that’s why creams and oils always go on last. Generally, vitamin C serums are lighter than those with hyaluronic acids, hence those with vitamin C always go on first.
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2. REFRIGERATE YOUR EYE MASKS AND CREAMS
A cooler temperature around the the eye area is always a good idea as it helps to deflate puffy eyes by constricting blood vessels in the area. So storing eye creams and masks before you use them helps optimise their efficacy for best results. Besides, storing your skincare products at a colder temperature also helps to retain their freshness—all the more reasons to do so! We like Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber De-Tox Hydra-gel Eye Patches, $93, Sephora, which contains calming and hydrating ingredients like aloe, chamomile, hyaluronic acid, glycerin and collagen to depuff and energise eye contours. If you’re concerned with a loss of elasticity, try Su:m37 Losec Therapy Eye Cream, $270, which speeds up skin regeneration and supports collagen synthesis for firmer skin. Or try StriVectin Advanced Retinol Eye Cream, $117, to combat crow’s feet. It is formulated with peptides, retinol and the brand’s proprietary NIA-114™ for smoother, plumper eye contours.
- 3. LIP BALMS CAN BE MULTI-FUNCTIONAL
If there’s only one beauty product you should always have with you on the go is a lip balm. I carry a Fresh one with me and after I’m done applying it onto my lips with my finger, I’ll dab the leftover on my fingertips onto my cuticles and elbows. For those who prefer a buttery soft texture, try Fresh Sugar Coconut Hydrating Lip Balm, $29, a blend of botanical oils and vitamin E to keep lips soft and smooth. Or try By Terry Baume de Rose Lip Jar, $80, for a lavish way to hydrate, repair and nourish chapped lips. For a time-tested formula, trust in Elizabeth Arden The Original Eight Hour Cream, $41, to condition and protect skin. Plus, you can even use a touch of lip balm to fix frizzy hair — how versatile!
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